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Military operations force Boko Haram back to urban warfare

Lagos - Bomb attacks in Nigerian towns and cities look likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against Boko Haram in captured territory.

Nigeria's president visits massacre site, as 35 killed in bombings

Maiduguri - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the scene of what is feared to be Boko Haram's worst massacre and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over.

Blasts hit two Nigeria bus stations, at least 27 dead

Kano - Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections.

Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: Police

Lagos - Masked gunmen in central Nigeria kidnapped an American woman doing missionary work, with ransom the suspected motive for the attack, police told AFP Tuesday.

17 dead in bus blast in northeast Nigeria: witnesses , rescuers

Kano - At least 17 people were killed on Tuesday when a blast ripped through a bus in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria, witnesses and rescue workers said, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.

Nigerian president admits he underestimated Boko Haram

Lagos - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he underestimated Boko Haram Islamists who have overrun swathes of the country's northeast and defended an election postponement in an interview published Sunday.

Young girl suicide bomber kills seven in Nigeria

Tayo - A girl thought to be as young as seven killed herself and seven others in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria as President Goodluck Jonathan conceded his government had initially underrated the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram raids kill 'at least 30' in Nigeria's Chibok

Kano - At least 30 people were killed in Boko Haram raids on two villages in northeast Nigerian Borno state near the town of Chibok, a community leader and resident told AFP on Friday.

Nigeria election boss rules out poll delay as army claims gains

Abuja - Nigeria's elections chief Wednesday ruled out any further postponement to upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls, despite Boko Haram vowing to stymie the ballot.

Boko Haram threatens Nigerian elections after fresh violence

Kano - Islamist group Boko Haram has vowed to make voting impossible in Nigeria's upcoming election after a spate of deadly attacks in the country's violence-wracked northeast.

Boko Haram leader vows to disrupt Nigeria election: New video

Kano - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria's general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the northeast blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people."This election will not be held even if we are dead.

Suicide attacks kill 38 as Boko Haram threatens Nigeria vote

Kano - Two suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria killed at least 38 people Tuesday, less than six weeks from elections, as the leader of Boko Haram vowed to disrupt the vote.

11 killed in suicide attack in northeast Nigeria

Kano - Eleven people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint near the town of Biu in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, a vigilante and a resident said.

Cameroon army kills 86 Boko Haram militants

Yaound - Cameroon's army says it has killed 86 Boko Haram militants and detained 1,000 people suspected of links to the Islamist group, as central African leaders held talks on how to combat its bloody insurgency.

Central African leaders talk strategy against Boko Haram

Yaound - Central African leaders met in Cameroon's capital Yaounde on Monday to discuss a joint strategy to tackle the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group, which has widened its attacks into neighbouring nations.

More than 160 Boko Haram sympathisers held in Niger: Police

Niamey - More than 160 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested in Niger's border area with Nigeria which was attacked this month by the Islamist group, police in Niger said Monday.

Female suicide bomber kills 7 in Nigeria

Kano - A female suicide bomber killed at least seven people in northeast Nigeria on Sunday in an attack believed to be the work of Boko Haram, as neighbouring Niger stepped up efforts to stop the Islamist insurgency from spreading.

Nigerian president calls for US help as Boko Haram invade city

Kano - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan appealed for more US help in fighting Boko Haram, as the Islamists struck again on Saturday and called for a boycott of upcoming general elections.

Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria leave 21 dead

Maiduguri - At least 21 people were killed in two separate Boko Haram attacks on villages near the key city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a witness said on Friday.

Boko Haram takes fight into Chad

Ndjame - Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels carried out their first attack inside neighbouring Chad, targeting a village on the shores of Lake Chad as part of a widening insurgency that has sucked in four countries.

Suicide blast in NE Nigeria as Boko Haram pursues deadly campaign

Maiduguri - A suicide attack by a female bomber killed at least seven people at a market in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, the latest bloodshed in a region where multi-national forces are trying to crush Boko Haram Islamists.

Boko Haram takes on Chadian forces in NE Nigeria town

Ndjame - Boko Haram on Wednesday launched a pre-dawn raid in Gamboru, northeastern Nigeria, looking to overwhelm Chadian troops who had pushed them out of the border town.

Boko Haram kidnaps 20 people in Cameroon, executes 12

Yaound - Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnapped 20 people from a bus in northern Cameroon, then executed 12 of them, a security source and resident said Monday.

Nigeria vows to crush Boko Haram as leader dismisses regional threat

Abuja - Nigeria on Monday vowed to crush Boko Haram within six weeks as its leader warned a new regional fighting force "will not achieve anything" and the rebels launched fresh cross-border attacks.

Nigeria's Boko Haram opens new front in Niger

Diffa - Boko Haram fighters waged twin attacks Sunday in Niger, their latest front in a widening regional insurgency, with a market bomb blast sowing panic.

Nigeria under fire over vote delay

Abuja - Nigerian authorities came under fire on Sunday over the decision to postpone national elections in the face of relentless Boko Haram violence, with the opposition branding the move a "major setback for democracy".

8,700-strong African deployment to fight Boko Haram

Yaound - Nigeria and its four neighbouring nations on Saturday pledged to deploy 8,700 troops, police and civilians as part of a regional effort to fight Boko Haram militants.

Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals

Abuja - Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds as the Boko Haram conflict intensifies, handing a potential lifeline to the ruling party as it battles a tough challenge from the opposition.

Nigeria timeline: Key events in post-independence history

Lagos - Key events in the post-independence history of Nigeria, which is scheduled to hold a presidential election on February 14: - 1960: Independence from Britain - 1966: The first of a long series of military coups.

Nigeria weighs six-week election delay

Abuja - Nigeria's knife-edge presidential elections were thrown into increasing doubt on Saturday, as the country's electoral commission met to discuss a minimum six-week delay to voting.
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